Vintage Photos - Oestreicher (637-640)


See the previous post in this series here.

I had the opportunity to pick up a huge batch of slides a while back. These are pictures span from as early as the late 1940s to as late as the early 1990s (maybe earlier and/or later but these are what I have sampled so far). These came to me second (third?) hand but the original source was a combination of estate sales and Goodwill. There are several thousand...maybe as many as 10,000. I will be scanning some from time to time and posting them here for posterity.

Apparently, getting your pictures processed as slides used to be a fairly common thing but it was a phenomenon I missed out on. However, my Grandfather had a few dozen slides (circa late 1950s) that I acquired after he died. That along with having some negatives I wanted to scan is what prompted me to buy a somewhat decent flatbed scanner that could handle slides and negatives, an Epson V600. It can scan up to four slides at a time with various post-processing options and does a decent enough job.

This set continues a rather large batch of slides that originally came from an estate sale and appear to have belonged to a locally well known photographer (or perhaps a close family member) from the Spokane Washington area and later Northern Idaho named Leo Oestreicher. He was known for his portrait and landscape photography and especially for post cards. His career started in the 1930s and he died in 1990. These slides contain a lot of landscape and portrait photos but also a lot of photos from day to day life and various vacations around the world. Here's an article on him from 1997 which is the only info I have found on him:

Many of these slides had the date they were processed (presumably) stamped or printed on them. I've found that in cases where I could verify the date, either because a more specific date was hand written or there was something to specifically date the photo in the photo itself, that this date has typically been the same month the photos were taken. In other words, I expect that in MOST cases these photos were taken relatively near the processing date. No doubt there are some exceptions.

Click on one of the images or the link below to also see versions processed with color restoration and Digital ICE which is a hardware based dust and scratch remover, a feature of the Epson V600 scanner I am using. There are also versions processed with the simpler dust removal option along with color restoration.

All of these photos were taken at a wedding in February 1958, I believe in Columbus, Ohio. There have been a number of photos from this wedding scattered throughout these slides. I believe the exact date of the wedding is included in one or more previous sets but it escapes me at the moment.

Punch table with bride & groom - processed February 1958

Reception table - processed February 1958

Mrs. Potter & Miller at reception - processed February 1958

processed February 1958

The entire collection that has been scanned and uploaded so far can be found here.

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dude slides were awesome back in the day. Since we didn't have much in the way of technology a slide projector was really the only way you could put images on display at events and they were relatively inexpensive.

I wasn't alive in the 60's but i used to LOVE slide-shows in the 80s which is as far back as i can remember.

SO if i am understanding this correctly, you don't know any of these people in the photos?


Nope, I got these slides off of eBay and my understanding was the person that sold them got them from an estate sale somewhere. You can find tons of slides for sale and I guess people commonly used them for arts and crafts type stuff. Some are more interesting that others but I find it fascinating to go through them. They're from an era when far fewer photos were taken and far fewer preserved it seems given the way they seem to be commonly discarded. I suspect that if these hadn't sold at an estate sale they probably would have been discarded.

My family never really had slides except for my grandfather but those were from well before I was born. At our house, film would go for years before being developed. I remember around one Christmas, probably around 1990 or so, my Mom got like 30 rolls of film developed because somebody was doing a special where it was some absurdly low price like 99 cents a roll (or maybe $1.99).

I had a camera that took 110 film for a while, then a Canon point a shoot 35mm. I remember my parents had a camera that took disc film. Now that was an awful technology in retrospect.

I love digital but there's something about analog that will always be appealing.


I think the main thing about analog that will always be dear to us is the fact that you didn't just take pictures of friggin everything. You had to be careful or at least selective.